Limelight (2011 film)
Limelight is a 2011 documentary that charts the rise and fall of New York City club king Peter Gatien. It was released in special markets throughout the United States and Canada on September 23, 2011.
As the owner of legendary hotspots like The Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was considered by many as the undisputed king of the 1980s New York City club scene. The Ontario native, whose trademark eye patch made him stand out in a crowd, built and oversaw a chain of nightclub ventures that brought thousands of patrons per night during its peak years. However, after years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's drive to crack down on the city's nightlife scene during the mid-1990s, Gatien was deported to Canada, bringing an end to his presence and influence in the city's nightlife scene. The documentary features interviews with numerous people involved in the club's scene, as well as key informants in Gatien's high-profile trial. Produced by Gatien's daughter, Jen, and Alfred Spellman, and directed by Billy Corben (who previously directed the film Cocaine Cowboys), the film documents the rise and fall of Gatien and his nightclub empire.
- Official website
- Limelight on the Internet Movie Database
- Film's Review in Film Journal International
- Film's Review in New York Magazine
- Film's Review in The New York Times
- Film's Review in Time Out New York
- Producer Reveals How to Make a Documentary About Your Controversial Father, moviefone.com interview with Jen Gatien, producer of Limelight, by Eric Larnick, September 24, 2011